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[[folder:The Inception Crew]]
!The Team
->''Assemble your team, Mr. Cobb. And choose your people more wisely.''
--> - Saito

* BadassCrew: Everyone has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome at one point or another in the film.
* CaperCrew: Everyone fullfills a specific role in the heist or atleast finds some use.
* [[GentlemanThief Gentlemen Thieves]]: Granted, more subtle versions.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: All of them are generally mild-mannered and approach their job with a commendable level of professionalism (given that their job is mentally dangerous to them as well), but that job does involve searching through people's minds in order to steal important secrets and (in the film's main case) using lies to give someone an idea from the inside.
* [[{{SharpDressedMan}} Sharp Dressed Men and Girl]]: Especially evident at the second dream level at the hotel.
* TheTeam: Extractions have to be done by a team because there are different roles involved.
** TheSmartGuy: Averted; there's no single smart person because everyone has to be smart to be in this business.
*** The Extractor: Dom [[TheLeader leads the operation]] and [[TheFace does the talking]]. He's the one pulling out information. In this case, the one planting it
*** The Chemist: Yusuf mixes the phlebotium that allows the team to reach the third level
*** The Architect: Ariadne was recruited to construct the dreamworld that the team would use.
*** The Forger: Eames has the ability to copy someone's appearance in a dream world. [[TheBigGuy He also has a grenade launcher.]]
*** The Point Man: Arthur is in charge of doing the research and he's smart enough to figure out how to simulate falling in zero gravity.
*** The Tourist: Saito; yes even he counts because he's a CEO that twisted Cobb's arm into doing this in the first place.

!!Dominic "Dom" Cobb [-(Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio)-]
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-> ''Our dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up we realize things were strange.''

* AntiHero: He certainly isn't a mean person, but he also doesn't hesitate to use the occasional BatmanGambit to get what he needs, depending on the job.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBoast: "Because I am the most skilled extractor."
* BrokenAce: Became the most skilled in dream technology, [[spoiler:but drove his wife insane during the process of experimentation]]
* ByronicHero: Very guilt ridden over his wife's death.
* [[CannotTellFictionFromReality Cannot Tell Dream From Reality]]: Why he continuously has to spin his totum to check if he's in a dream or not.
* ColdSniper: In the third level performing several headshots on projections.
* CrusadingWidower: Though rather than revenge he wants to reunite with his children.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The "past" part is actually pretty recent.
* DeathGlare: Gives off a rather impressive one [[spoiler:once they woken up in the plane]] to Saito. [[spoiler:Seconds later, Saito was off using his connections to get Cobb back home]].
* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed, he explores the concept of dream levels to the point he can no longer tell what is reality. [[spoiler: The final scene where he finally sees his children, he doesn't even check to see if he's in a dream.]]
* DisappearedDad: Although he's not this through his own fault (most definitely not through his intention).
* DoubleThink: ...of what's real and what isn't.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:He essentially went through 2 limbo experiences to see his children again, or find a projection of them.]]
* GoshDangItToHeck: Just listen to him in the scene of his wife throughing herself off a roof.
* GuileHero: His Mr. Charles persona. Basically a manipulative ploy to convince the dreamer that he is a projection of the mind.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Dead wife and children he can never see, and he's arguably the best extracter in dream technology.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: A common interrogation technique of his for extraction, but only in threats.
* LongingForFictionland: [[spoiler:He really wishes the projection of Mal in his dreams could match the real Mal.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Several cases. Like not warning his team about being killed and sent to limbo. The Mr. Charles ploy. [[spoiler:He also performed inception on Mal by destroying her belief in reality so they could wake up from their time in limbo.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Cobb" means "dream" in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. It's also an old English word for "spider" (hence the word "cobweb"). Fitting, for a man who weaves webs and traps others in them.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:In the middle of the film, he has lived eighty years mentally--by the end, it's unknown how old he is.]]
* PermaStubble: Can double as a BeardOfSorrow.
* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: He takes part in the inception job just because Saito offers him a chance to return home to his kids.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Said word for word by his son James.
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre: "You're in a dream."

!!Arthur [-(Creator/JosephGordonLevitt)-]
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->''A dream within a dream within a dream? Is that even possible?''

* BadassBookworm: His job with the group is to do the research, and his hallway fight definitely pushes him into badass territory.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Arthur. He gets shot twice at the beginning. Once just to cause him pain, and once BY HIS OWN TEAMMATE (admittedly to wake him up). When it comes to testing out the "kicks", somehow Arthur's always the one getting his chair knocked over, his gun dissed by Eames, and so on. His awesomeness at the end makes up for it, though.
* TheComicallySerious: Arthur is the most level-headed and serious member of the team, and as such is not amused by Eames' somewhat careless behavior, getting his chair constantly tipped over, or loud music.
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe example, Arthur fails to find out that Fisher has had mental training to protect his subconscious from infiltration - arguably the most important piece of information needed when planning to infiltrate someone's dream.
* ConsummateProfessional: He has an intense professionalism and intolerance to the lack of detail that goes into the inception job.
* DeadpanSnarker
* ThePerfectionist: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Specificity"]]
* RealityWarper: Arthur's no slacker when it comes to warping reality, and he even manages to turn recursive, impossible geometry back on his opponents.
* TheReliableOne: To Cobb, he's the one man he always needs in a dream job.
* SharpDressedMan: His signature look.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Normal dress style.

!!Saito [-(Creator/KenWatanabe)-]
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->''...So do you want to take a leap of faith, or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone?''

* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Maybe, but presented in an unusually sympathetic light because he stages the Inception against a different corrupt executive.
* HonorAmongThieves: Claims he will honor his deal with Cobb no matter what. [[spoiler: He does.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Double Subverted, it looks like he's going to be trapped in limbo but Cobb rescues him and he suffers no consequnces in having a business competitor inceptioned.]]
* TheLoad: Plays the part for a good deal of the movie, [[spoiler:being in a state of near death]], but...
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:He's the old man in the Japanese pagoda who shows up in the film's beginning and end.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While most shady [=CEO=]s would simply brush off Cobb's demands for the particulars of the inception on a "need to know basis", Saito actually answers questions if he's convinced they're good ones, and makes a personal effort to help facilitate the heist and "protect his investments".
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Not the worst example of it, and it even contributes to a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* SharpDressedMan: Justified in that he's a corporate executive.
* TheTeamBenefactor: He is paying everyone.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:As the team goes deeper, he plays a more active role, even taking out some dream-mercenaries with a grenade.]]

!!Ariadne [-(EllenPage)-]
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-> ''Donít lose yourself. [[spoiler:Find Saito. And bring him back.]]''

* ActionGirl: [[spoiler:In the limbo she does shoot Mal.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: Unlike most cases, though, she's able to pick up on things pretty quickly instead of asking questions all the time.
* BadassBookworm: Comes with being an Architect.
* BrainyBrunette: See above.
* CorruptTheCutie: Professor Miles even refers to Cobb as wanting to "corrupt" one of his best students. Cobb openly tells her the job is not legal, but he, Arthur, and Ariadne herself each admit that after tasting the power of dream architecture, she would never want to go back. She willingly joins TheTeam.
* TheHeart: Her status as this helps her to get closer to Dom and realize that he has issues that need resolving.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is essentially what the dream world offers compared to reality and is what Cobb counts on for Ariadne to join the team.
* LongingForFictionland: She can design much better pieces of architecture in a dream than she could in reality.
* MeaningfulName: With a name like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariadne that]], of course you'd be making mazes.
* NaiveNewcomer: Learns everything there is to know about dream technology over the course of the film.
* TheNotLoveInterest: To Cobb.
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary College Student]]
* RealityWarper: Her first dream session with Cobb is all about learning to use her architecture skills to develop levels.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: You know in a team being the only girl? That's this trope.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:The mission was called a failure when Fisher was sent to limbo but she devised the plan to go find him and pull off the mission, Eames and Cobb didn't pick the extra limbo time but she's a fast learner. She also shoots Mal.]]
* TheWatson: Well how else would anyone watching the movie know what's going on?

!!Eames [-(TomHardy)-]
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-> ''[[SarcasmMode Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated, Arthur.]]''

* AmbiguouslyGay: Eames calls Arthur "darling" and flirts with Saito in a girl's form (as well as Fischer in an attempt to trick him).
* {{Badass}}: The team's most prominent example next to Arthur.
* TheBigGuy: When the team encounters a problem, his solution is to pull out a grenade launcher.
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheGamblingAddict: During his free time.
* TheGadfly: His every interaction with Arthur is basically him trying to unnerve him. He also gets Saito nervous posing as a blonde women then pointing it out.
* GuileHero: Oh yes. See below.
* MasterOfDisguise: After learning someone's mannerisms and using his dream skill of looking like another person.
* MeaningfulName: "Eames" is the last name of architects and designers Charles and Ray Eames.
* MoreDakka: "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
* OneManArmy: Puts down a snow fortress brigade [[{{Crowning Moment of Awesome}} by himself]] in the third dream level.
* PermaStubble: Unlike Cobb's though, it's more to showcase his playful personality.
* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Dream Thief]]: Mentions going back to his family when the mission is declared a failure at first.
* RealityWarper: Only in the dream world, Eames is the "forger" in the team which may explains why he is the most [[{{Badass}} competent]] member in the team during the execution of the mission. His forging ability allows him to pull out a grenade launcher [[{{Hammerspace}} out of nowhere]] in the first level, [[{{Shapeshifting}} shapeshift]] in the second level and to a certain extent become a OneManArmy in the third level.
* WarriorTherapist: He works out most of Fisher's "problems" before and during the dream. He even sarcastically mentions that he should be getting paid more by Fisher than Saito for the job.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs?: He's somehow able to get a job placement in the Fisher company right within their head office to observe Browning. His justification? "References are sort of my specialty."

!!Yusuf [-(Dileep Rao)-]
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-> ''Do you still dream, Mr. Cobb?''

* BadassDriver: In the first layer, he has to continue driving the van and perform the kick while the projections are trying to kill them.
* BollywoodNerd: A cool nerd, though, and one who can handle himself in the heat of action, which is key considering his dream is the top layer.
* GoodOldWays: His old-fashioned apothecary.
* MeaningfulName: Yusuf is the Arabic variant of Joseph (the one who famously interpreted Pharaoh's dreams in Literature/TheBible).
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Took Cobb's pay as well as his own, [[spoiler: so he didn't tell anyone about the risk of being killed and sent to limbo.]]
* PottyEmergency: His having to go before falling asleep results in the first dream layer having a drenching downpour.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer
* TheSmartGuy
* TookALevelInBadass: See BadassDriver.
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[[folder:Others]]
!!Malorie "Mal" Cobb [-(MarionCotillard)-]
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-> ''I'll tell you a riddle. You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you? ''

* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:The projection of Mal only wants to have Cobb all to herself but sabotages every dream mission he does.]]
* AxCrazy: She's a dangerous lunatic who kills several people to get to Cobb.
* BigBad: She's the main antagonist of the film who tries to sabotage all the dream jobs. This is eventually revealed to be much more complicated [[spoiler:as she's an aspect of Cobb's guiltridden psyche, so he's essentially fighting his own angst.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Cobb perfermed inception on the real Mal so she could escape limbo but she ended up unable to tell dream from reality and wanted to kill herself to keep waking up.]]
* BrainyBrunette: [[spoiler:Before her breakdown,]] Mal was the one who originally came up with the idea of totems, items that would stabilize a dreamer's sense of reality. [[spoiler:Oh, the {{irony}}.]]
* BrokenBird: The real after waking up from limbo stopped believing in reality.
* DeathGlare: Pfft, Marion's such a cute actress, she couldn't possib[[http://i.imgur.com/MMTCL.jpg eeeeehhhh]]...
* DissonantSerenity: When the dream is collapsing and everyone else is running around frantically, what does Mal do? She calmly walks through the destruction and is amused [[spoiler:at how Dom gave Saito the wrong documents]].
* DreamApocalypse: [[spoiler:Cobb eventually comes to terms with the fact that Mal is just a projection of his dead wife, which is simply not good enough. Mal flies into a rage in response and Cobb is forced to kill her, where she cries that she doesn't want to die but remain with him.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:In her mind, she thought she would just wake up from a dream.]]
* EnemyWithin: [[spoiler:She's a part of Dom's own mind, a shade of his dead wife.]]
* FemmeFatale
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Meet one of the first people to have ever been subject to inception. [[DrivenToSuicide It doesn't end well]].]]
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Woman]]: Absolutely relentless and nearly impossible to reason with. Even if you're a trained dream infiltrator, when she shows up it's time to panic.
* TheLostLenore: To Cobb, who is still heartbroken after losing her to a suicide which he personally witnessed.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Her love for Cobb and her children drove her to frame him for murder so they could be together in the "real world", which she was convinced was one more layer above what Cobb thinks is the real one already. [[spoiler:The Mal projection simply wants Cobb and her to be together forever and is willing to kill for it.]]
* MissingMom: Her kids don't even understand why she is gone.
* TheMissingno: In every dream job she's there to sabotage it.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Mal" is a word in French, Spanish, Portuguese and other Romance languages, which can be used in different contexts to mean "bad", "evil", "hurt", "pain" or "sick".
* OlderThanTheyLook: For the same reason as Dom.
* TheOphelia
* PosthumousCharacter: It's eventually revealed that Mal has been dead for years. The one Cobb and the team repeatedly encounter is a projection of Mal.
* [[PsychoExGirlfriend Psycho Dead Wife]]: Well from Ariadne's perspective.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Quite a couple of times, Mal pent a dent in the plans.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Mal commits suicide, but makes it look like Cobb murdered her so he'll be compelled to do it with her or lose custody of the children. Of course, like the many characters who kill themselves in dreams in this movie, she doesn't believe she's really dying.]]
* TragicVillain: Mal really has no choice about being a psychotic, murderous, obsessed FemmeFatale. She just wants to be with Cobb forever, but the villainous Mal in Cobb's dreams isn't even his real wife, but a shade of the woman he can't bear to forget. [[spoiler:The dead Mal herself was brainwashed by Cobb, but inadvertently became so obsessed with the notion of her world not being real that she killed herself and framed Cobb for it. All out of love.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: The trailers make it out that she's the PsychoPartyMember of sorts, but given the spoilers, she's actually Cobb's wife who killed herself and [[spoiler:continued to exist through Cobb's guilt, manifesting into something... unstoppable.]]
* WomanInBlack
* {{Yandere}}: She's so obsessed with getting Cobb back to her that she's willing to kill for it.

!!Prof. Stephen Miles [-(MichaelCaine)-]
-> ''Come back to reality, Dom.''

* CoolOldGuy
* TheMentor: He was this to Cobb.
* TheProfessor: He taught Cobb everything he knows.

!!Robert Michael Fischer Jr. [-(Creator/CillianMurphy)-]
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->''At the end, he called me to his deathbed. He could barely speak; but he took the trouble to tell me one last thing. He pulled me close... and I could only make out... one word: "Disappointed."''

%%* LivingMacGuffin
* MeaningfulName: Fischer's name may be a reference to the Arthurian legend of the FisherKing, whose kingdom physically changes to parallel his wounds and suffering; this is appropriate given that much of the film takes place within his troubled mental landscape. Also, "Robert Fischer" was the name of the famous chess player.
* MissingMom: His mother died when he was only 11.
* SharpDressedMan: Justified for the same reason as Saito.
* TheSixthRanger: [[spoiler:Joins the inception crew in the third dream layer.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Though he usually puts up the image of TheStoic, it's clear that he cares about other people and has an emotional side.
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler:He yearns for his cold, dying father's affection and eventually receives it, but only in his subconscious.]]

!!Maurice Fischer [-(Pete Postlethwaite)-]
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* WeHardlyKnewYe

!!Nash [-(Lukas Haas)-]

->''[[FailedASpotCheck Asshole! How did you mess up the carpet?]]''
--> - '''Arthur to Nash'''

* DirtyCoward: Sold out Cobb and Arthur to Saito.
* FailedASpotCheck: Nash creates a dream replica of Saito's "love nest", [[spoiler:but forgets details like what the carpet's made out of. This lets Saito know he's still in a dream.]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Saito thinks so.
* SacrificialLamb: His leaving early gives way to Ariadne getting hired by Cobb.
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